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Archive For September, 2007

News

September 28, 2007 3:50 AM | Tim W.



Bernie's Platformer: Bernie's new game is two-thirds done.

Announcements

Moonpod: Moonpod has acquired official Wii developer certification. No Moonpod Wii titles announced yet, though there is every possibility the Wii could get a Starscape or Mr. Robot port.

3Punge: The 15th edition of 3Punge (Three Minutes Game Contest) is scheduled to start on the 7th of October 2007.

PyWeek: Results for PyWeek 5 announced.

Articles

What's New in Indie: GameTunnel's monthly column, The 60-Minute Trial renamed to What's New in Indie.

B-Game Competition: Gnome has decided to review all entries from TIGSource's recent B-Game Competition. [source: Terry]

Updates

The Endless Forest: The Endless Forest version 3.0 is now available for download. [download page]

RIAH: RIAH (2D platformer) updated with several new levels.

Upcoming

Monokey: The Monokey development team are still working on their secret project.

Dwarf Fortress: The latest version of Dwarf Fortress is currently undergoing it's stringent testing phase. A release can be expected very soon.

Miscellaneous

Temple of the Roguelike: Site updated with a new review for Xenocide.

flOw: thatgamecompany's flOw nominated for a BAFTA award in the Innovation category. [download flOw]

Cube Farm: Joshua Jersild, the author of Mop of Destiny is working on converting Cheapass Games' Cube Farm into digital format, though unfortunately not for distribution. [Mop of Destiny download link]

Recap

September 28, 2007 3:47 AM | Tim W.

A recap of the games mentioned this month, September 2007:

Action/Arcade
Revelation
Bear Go Home
JelloCar
Roadclub
GoldenEye 2D
Mondo Medicals
Battle Garden
Iwanaga
Combat Heaven Next
Spout
Quiescence
Lila Experiments
Serious Sam-I-Am



Puzzle/Strategy
Minimal Yahtzee
Castlewars
Pipeful Sunday
DHTML Lemmings
NIX
Crocodile Garden

Platformer
Maniform
Kaipuu
Platform

Adv./IF/Roguelike
Poizoned Mind
Crypts of Despair
Blackwell Unbound
Shmups
Prototype II
G.o.C.L.
Decobliss
Tamanegi
Galaxian 2007
Typhoon 2001
Arcanacra
DroneSwarm
Mono







Previews
Illusion of the Tower
Flower
Brave Karma Warriors
Everyday Shooter
Aquaria
Night Game
Resonance
World of Goo Trailer
Gish 2 Test
Valdis Story
Mutant
Glum
Chronicles of Oswyn..
Starfox: Shadows of..
Braid Gameplay Video


Articles
Zero Punctuation: Peggle
Adrian's Guide to 2007 Freeware Games
Plasma Pong Removed
Mac Games
Upcoming Indie Games
IAC Acquires GarageGames
QB Express
GDC 2007 Videos
Interview with clysm
Braid for Xbox Live Arcade
Game Maker for Mac Soon
Metanet Interviewed
Mono Updated
Play This Thing
The Indies
Dare to be Digital
Free Play 2007 Videos
PC Gamer's Top 100 2007

Minimal Yahtzee

September 28, 2007 3:01 AM | Tim W.

The objective of Minimal Yahtzee is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the thirteen possible scoring combinations.

A game of Yahtzee consists of thirteen rounds during which the player chooses which scoring combination is to be used in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

Each of the scoring combinations has a different point value, some of which are fixed values and others of which have the cumulative value of the dice. A Yahtzee is a five-of-a-kind and holds the game's highest point value of 50. [rules from Wikipedia]

Name: Minimal Yahtzee
Developer: Gary Warne
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Castlewars

September 28, 2007 2:53 AM | Tim W.



Castlewars is a card game in which players from both sides can win by being the first to build a hundred storey castle or destroy the opponent's castle entirely. A number of cards are shown at the bottom of the screen, and the player has to decide which card to play for each turn by clicking on it. Cards can be discarded from their hands by holding down the control key while selecting a card. Only one card can be discarded during each turn.

This is a remake of the classic game Ants.

Revelation

September 28, 2007 2:38 AM | Tim W.



Revelation is a short action game with stealth elements made by dkh using the AGS engine, originally designed for development of adventure games. Use the arrow keys to move around, or press the space key to use your weapon. Press the up cursor key to climb a ledge, and tap any of the number keys to swap weapons when more are acquired.

Additional levels can be designed by editing a text file, then placing it into the game directory.

Name: Revelation
Developer: Jan Simon
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Decobliss

September 28, 2007 2:31 AM | Tim W.



Decobliss is a shmup. Your ship is stuck on a curved rail, which you can move right or left to either end of but no further, adding to the challenge of dodging the enemies' onslaught of fire (and other obstacles). Keyboard is used for moving left and right, while aiming is performed with the mouse.

Name: Decobliss
Developer: STARFOXROX
Category: Shmup
Type: Freeware
Size: 3.3MB

Zero Punctuation: Peggle

September 26, 2007 7:29 PM | Tim W.

This week, Ben "Yahtzee" Crowshaw reviews Popcap's "Peggle".

not a real embedded video lol

So, who else thinks that Zero Punctuation is the best thing to hit game reviewing since the arsecast?

Some of Yahtzee's previous projects:
6 Days a Sacrifice
Trilby's Notes
5 Days a Stranger
1213 Episodes 1 2 and 3
Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment

Bear Go Home

September 26, 2007 6:43 PM | Tim W.



Bear Go Home is an action game in which players are assigned the objective of helping the protagonist to find his way home. Influence his movements by stretching and squeezing him to get past obstacles, for example pulling his tail to catapult him over pits.

Items such as umbrellas and candles can be used to deflect harmful objects or illuminate your surroundings. This student project is rather short in length, and can be easily beaten in under an hour's time. Shortlisted for this year's BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

Name: Bear Go Home
Developer: Phoenix Seed
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 70MB
Gameplay video: Watch
Direct download link: Click here

Manifold

September 26, 2007 12:06 PM | Tim W.


Manifold is a room-by-room platform puzzle game with a little twist - the player can shoot "anomalies" against walls which propel the player in any given direction.

It's quite short, more of a prototype that a fleshed out game, but worth checking out nonetheless!

Name: Manifold
Developer: Joe Lesler
Category: Platform
Type: Browser
Play: On Kongregate, here

Adrian's Guide to 2007 Freeware Games

September 26, 2007 12:50 AM | Tim W.



Adrian has compiled a list of freeware games released in 2007, complete with a screenshot for each entry and sorted by category. This definite bookmark item currently contains over two hundred games. Recommendations are also included.

Adrian Werner's Guide to 2007 Freeware Games

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